I am the first to promote simple, uncomplicated food. Most of what I do involves wielding a chef’s knife and playing with fire and water to whip up meals. I don’t like food products that don’t look like real food. I don’t even really like energy bars, even if I can see the nuts and fruit and oats and whatnot. And that is why I am surprised and reluctantly delighted to share that I am down with peanut butter powder.
I Had Doubts
I have to be honest, I did not think it was going to work. It’s a powder. You add water. It’s 50 calories compared to the regular 180 so was it going to taste any good? My concern was palpable. I was envisioning dry yet goopy homemade play-doh, or the way wasabi paste looks when its just been mixed with soy sauce. You get the idea. Well, I was wrong. After a quick stir, I had perfectly smooth peanut butter. I don’t know if all peanut butter powder is like that, but the stuff I tried from BetterBodyFoods (“PBfit”) works like a dream. And it was yummy. Weird but true, and I can admit when I’m wrong.
Happy to be Wrong
My pantry now proudly holds a tub of “PBfit” peanut butter powder, and “Chocolate PBfit” peanut butter powder – both 50 calories per serving. I also appreciate that it’s in BPA-free packaging, non-GMO verified, vegan, and that each has 3-4 simple ingredients total, starting with peanuts. I’ll be stocking up on celery for later in the week, but today I used the chocolate peanut butter powder in a simple morning smoothie. It was so good, I wanted to share it. I would love this as part of a breakfast, an after-work snack, or a pre- or post-workout treat. Let me know if you try it (recipe below)!
Recipe: 100 Calorie PB&J Smoothie
Makes: A little more than a cup per person
Prep: 1-2 minutes; Active: 1-2 minutes
1 1/2 cups strawberry halves (I used fresh, but frozen is OK, too)
1/2 cup blueberries (I used fresh, but frozen is OK, too)
1 cup almond milk, vanilla, unsweetened (I used this one from Almond Breeze)
2 T chocolate PBfit
Optional: ice cubes, to taste
Wash and dry all produce. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Best enjoyed cold with a straw.
Nutrition Per Serving
100 calories, 4 g protein, 2.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 18 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g natural sugar from fruit, 1.5 g added sugar, 10% DV calcium, 6% DV vitamin D, 6% DV iron, 6% DV potassium, naturally cholesterol and trans fat free. Two servings of fruit. Vegan. Dairy-free.